ILHAM Gallery is delighted to announce the thirty one artists selected to be part of the inaugural ILHAM Art Show, the gallery’s first open call exhibition. The selected artists are:
The ILHAM Art Show is a triennial exhibition platform initiated by ILHAM to give artists the opportunity to experiment and make new work. Those selected to participate in the ILHAM Art Show are awarded an art production grant to be put towards the making of their new work. The ILHAM Art Show serves as a platform to support and promote contemporary art in Malaysia and stimulate lively public discussion and critical debate.
ILHAM received more than 360 applications for the ILHAM Art Show 2022. Applications were reviewed by a selection panel including Rahel Joseph, Director, ILHAM Gallery, Shabbir Hussain Mustafa, Senior Curator, National Gallery Singapore, and Zoe Butt, Artistic Director, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Vietnam.
The selected artworks will be presented at the ILHAM Art Show 2022 which will be held at ILHAM Gallery from April - September 2022.
“The pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns have been very challenging for the arts community. We felt that that the ILHAM Art Show, an initiative designed to encourage artists to experiment and make new work through the awarding of art production grants would be a great way to support artists. We were pleasantly surprised to receive such a large number of applications and our panel had a very difficult time in determining the final list of artists. There were so many worthy applications ”, said Rahel Joseph, Gallery Director, ILHAM Gallery.
“We were also happy to see an inter-generational range of artists applying, from senior artists to those straight out of art school. There were some consistent themes explored from environmental sustainability to the impact of COVID on mental health”, she continued.
“Proposals that stood out for me were those with statements where I could see the idea in the chosen visual; where the choice of material or perspective was found in the visual composition or the argument for spatial considerations. I was also drawn to portfolios where I could see an artist had consistently attempted to push their artistic language, as evident in the experimentation with media for example. I am a big believer that artists are the true jesters in our 21st Century so artworks that challenged the assumptions of my world - culturally, socially, politically - were also very welcomed”, said panellist Zoe Butt of The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre, Vietnam.
The third panelist Shabbir Hussain Mustafa from National Gallery Singapore said “The high calibre of proposals received meant that difficult choices needed to be made. I want to congratulate all the applicants for generously sharing their ideas with the selection committee, I learnt a lot. As I made my way through the applications, I came to find great comfort in the fact that if we are to make sense of this fragile world, we must listen to artists.”
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